Introduction: Robotic gastrectomy is performed worldwide as part of the treatment for gastric cancer and is associated with good clinical outcome. This review aims to describe the current issues, debates, and future directions associated with the use of robotic gastrectomy for gastric cancer. Area covered: Here, we review the current evidence surrounding the safety and efficacy of robotic gastrectomy, including our institutional experience. Current issues associated with robotic gastrectomy, including feasibility, perioperative outcomes, and oncological outcomes, are described. Expert opinion: Sophisticated movements, articulating instruments, and the rapid introduction of fast-developing novel technology make robotic gastrectomy use more frequent. However, the need for well-designed prospective randomized trials is warranted.
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This paper was supported by a grant from the Investigator Sponsored Research Program (ISR-2017-10924), Covidien Private Limited (Medtronic).
WJ Hyung reports receiving research grants from the Medtronic and GC Pharma, is the chief executive officer of Hutom, and holds its stock. He provided consultancy services to Ethicon and Verb Surgical outside of the submitted work. The authors have no other relevant affiliations or financial involvement with any organization or entity with a financial interest in or financial conflict with the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript apart from those disclosed.
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